GE 1995 Season 2 Episode 4: Interview with Philip Dean
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP DEAN
PAUL: I'm in the sumptuous library of Wareham House, which
overlooks Baie L'Argent, with it's current occupant,
Newfoundland's greatest living thespian, Philip Dean.
DEAN: Welcome to the throbbing metropolis of Baie L'Argent, Paul.
PAUL: Philip, you have the big role in the Toime of Toimes
Pageant, that of the tyrannical Merchant Wareham. Is it a
coincidence that you have been ... billeted, I guess, in
Merchant Wareham's actual home ?
DEAN: A happy accident. There's a rider in my contract ... square
footage of my accommodations, dietary restrictions,
companions that sort of thing.
PAUL: Normal, I suppose, for an actor of your stature. Certainly
you're the marquee entertainer here, the draw. How do you
find working with a massive ensemble of amateurs and
DEAN: After having worked with Brando, with Scofield, with
DEAN: I find it a trial.
PAUL: Oh. But then the pay-off to them must be so great ...
working with a consummate professional of your calibre
must be an invaluable experience.
DEAN: Of course it is.
PAUL: Because they are hardly paid as well as you are.
DEAN: Why should they be paid as well as me ? Don't expect guilt
here. I did my time in stock Paul, I did the crap roles, I kept
D. Parker Cluney "company" on the road in the old days.
PAUL: That's right. You understudied the great Cluney.
DEAN: Undersomethinged, in any event. Listen, Paul. I know
where you're going with this. I know some of the displaced
towns people are pissed. I know these so called "young", so
called "actors" are grumbling about pay and working
conditions. I'll tell you straight - I COULD CARE LESS. At
least these .... brats have the comfort of "theatre school". I
had to worm my way into the craft by playing man-servant to
a gin-soaked limey who had been drummed out of the
national theatre. I'd like to see these theatre school types
tool around the colonies with a troupe of alcoholics in exile.
I'd like to see them live a life of second rate bedroom farce.
LET THEM SUFFER JUST A LITTLE! Builds character.
HE DRINKS DEEPLY
PAUL: Well ... the tensions in the town are palpable ... an echo of
the historic events on which the pageant is based. Now,
you worked at the actors studio, Philip, is there some
"method" to all this ?
DEAN: Paul, there is nothing more in this than an aging actor trying
to make some fast cash to extricate himself from the mess
created by bad management, unscrupulous agents and
PAUL: Really, who would do such ...
DEAN: Earl Vardy took me to the cleaners, Paul. Put everything I
had and more into some penny stock on The Newfoundland
Exchange. If I didn't take this gig I'd be living on Dr.
Ballard's and Aqua Velva.
PAUL: Been there, Philip.
VOICE OFF: Mr. Dean.
DEAN: It my dresser and foot boy, Paul.
PAUL: The great actor prepares. We'll leave you, Philip Dean.
Break a leg. I can hardly wait.
DEAN: I hope you enjoy it, Paul.